Article from the 2/17/17 Catalina Islander

Since becoming "Catalina's Official Greeter", March 10, 2014, when the Chamber Of Commerce assigned me to greet the cruise ships and cross channel carriers, I have answered 63,070 questions.
"WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE!?!"  For the last couple of weeks I have suggested that as things are "slow" here now, Islanders should try to spend more time putting in some valuable time with each other.  Well, it happened, but not as planned!  I was in Long Beach last week and I went to open the door of one of my favorite restaurants, "Long Beach Café", and who should come through the door but my long time friends from Avalon, Rose Ellen and Dave Gardner!  We shared a VERY PLEASANT evening together. By the way, this café, near the corner of Ocean/Atlantic has FANTASTIC food and as it is run/owned by a Greek family, food you just don't get on the Island.  If any of you have any favorite motels, restaurants, stores, etc. in Long Beach, San Pedro, Newport Beach or Dana Point that Islanders should consider, please share this with me!  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so I can pass it on.
"MY HERO!"  Just learned from Michael Forcella that he will once again be the Head Coach of our Lancer's Varsity Football Team.   He was notified that a loss in leadership would terminate our famous beloved team so he, of course, without hesitation accepted the position again!  Talk to any of his players and they will happily share with you how he teaches them SO MUCH MORE than just football; LIFE SKILLS!  He will be juggling this position around his two other jobs!  WHAT A GUY!  Proud to call him my FRIEND and humbly call him MY HERO!  Thank him whenever you see him and share with me any other unsung "heroes"!
"HUG CLUB".  Spoke to one of my all-time favorite people on the Island, Rudy Piltch, and we started talking about the "Hug Club" that was started by Trucky Ross many moons ago.  Many still have their membership cards!  Wouldn't it be GREAT to start it up again?  Let me know if you remember this unique organization and if you think it is a good thing to have a good hug whenever possible.
"MARK YOUR CALENDAR"!  On Wednesday, February 22, 9PM, local radio station, KISL, 88.7FM, is going to bring back old-time radio drama/comedy.  Murray D. Smith, writer/director/producer, who has been connected to the Island since 1992, from Royal Tunbridge Wells, England, has started a local radio troupe, "Face For Radio Productions". He has been a teacher in Art/Drama in London and has recently received a Masters Degree in Drama from San Francisco State University.  This 40 minute play, with complete sound effects, entitled "New Year's Eve, 1932", was his Master's Thesis.  It is based on the play, "Holiday" by Phillip Barry and is heavily influenced by the BBC.  Ten local "hams" are being utilized for this production: Sean Baze, Sean Brannock, Lola DeMille,  David Felis, Jimmy G., ME, Mary Schickling, Murray Smith, Diane Stone, and Rosie Pinky Taylor.  Other exciting productions are in the works and always room for more locals who feel they have a "Face For Radio".  If you aren't afraid to have a LOT OF FUN, contact Murray at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!  This February 22 production is being recorded for future airings.